Like most of the Azores, Santa Maria Island also celebrates the Holy Spirit Festival with Holy Spirit soups, made from wheat bread, beef, cabbage, cinnamon, butter and fresh mint.
Beside these traditional soups that are served at the festivals, there is also the ‘table bread’ and ‘roscas’ that are sliced in big pieces to distribute everyone at the festival. Both are made with flour, eggs, sugar, milk, water and lemon and weigh about 11 lbs.
The different between them is their shape and the dough: ‘rosca’ has softer dough than the ‘table bread’. They are decorated with flowers by the volunteers that offer up the ‘table bread’ and the ‘roscas’ to the Imperio – a special building made to host the offering before they are served.